Meet our Fantastic Flippin' Staff!!!

Staff Biographies

Vernon Leopold Vargas II

Owner / Head Coach

It is a privilege to witness the sense of accomplishment children have when learning skills, the joy kids have when entering the gym, as well as the pride parents have in their children’s success. Personally, there is no greater joy than watching children develop physically and mentally while having fun and staying active. My passion for the sport began when I was 6 years old. . After 11 years of competitive gymnastics, however, I made the natural transition to coaching. I have been a gymnastics instructor for over 25 years. Many athletes have won medals and national titles while under my instruction.

I have a passion for teaching children of all ages and abilities, spending numerous years in daycares and schools teaching gymnastics/dance. I am certified as a preschool coach. I currently work at Circle of Friends Preschool as a gymnastics movement and cheer coach. Not only am I a USA Gymnastics Certified Member in five disciplines; Artistic Boys & Artistic Girls Gymnastics, Sports Acrobatics, Tumbling & Trampoline, and All-Star Cheerleading, I have Level 1 certification in gymnastics and trampoline. I developed the All-Star Cheer and Tumbling &Trampoline programs at other gymnastic facilities. I also have Level B certification in emergency first aid and CPR. In addition to my work in the gym, I hold an Associates of Arts degree in dance movement from UC Irvine.

Stephanie Giudici

Office Manager / CFO

I have been pursuing a career in Accounting/Bookkeeping for 20 years. It began in 1996 when I attended Occupational School for Accounting/Bookkeeping. I received my certificate upon graduating in 1998. For the next eight years I worked throughout Santa Cruz County, specializing in Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Collections. In 2006 I took my accounting experience into the field of gymnastics, working for Tumbling Tutor and Santa Cruz Sports Central. It was during this time that I had the opportunity to work with Vernon Vargas, the proud owner of VAGAP. This professional relationship has led to me becoming the Office Manager and CFO at Vargas Academy. I have been working for Vernon Vargas since he opened up in 2010. It is both a privilege and a pleasure working for Vernon at Vargas Academy. When I am not working at Vargas I am having fun with my family, my Partner of 21 yrs “A.D.” and my dog “Cookie” & my 2 cats “Monkey & Koko”. I also like to work out, garden, listen to music and enjoy the great outdoors.

Michelle Niblock

Preschool Director/ Girls Head Recreational Coach

I have been working for Vargas Academy going on 7 years now. I started out as one of Vern's students at Santa Cruz Sports Central when I was a teenager. After having the pleasure of being coached in cheer/tumbling by Vern, I was offered a job at his very own gym, Vargas Academy of Gymnastics Arts and Parkour. I have been a competitive and sideline cheerleader since the age of 4. After years of doing that I had developed a love for coaching children in cheer and tumbling. I recently have earned the title of Preschool Director and higher level girls tnt coach. Outside of my love for coaching, I also enjoy being at the beach, listening to music, and of course being around my family and friends. I enjoy being a coach because my students are always bringing great new energy to every single class. All achievements made by the children become milestones for me as a coach!

Dustin Sharp

Parkour Director and Parkour Rec Coach

Dustin Sharp has been passionate about movement his whole life. From his first breath of air; run, jump, climb, dance, and swim have been his movement vocabulary. He can be found cross country skiing Mount Shasta, or spelunking Hell Hole in his home town of Santa Cruz. He won’t stop seeking new thrills, while exploring the body and mind’s potential. Dustin’s introduction to parkour was in 2004 when searching for breakdancing videos on Youtube he ended up watching “Russian Climbing.” This sparked his interest, and training began. A natural leader and active community member with experience teaching performing arts, he’s been Parkour Program Director at Vargas Academy in Scotts Valley since 2011. Attracted by the high quality, passion, and authenticity of Parkour Generations, Dustin sought out certification with them. Now an ADAPT level 2 coach and Movement Fitness Specialist, his program at Vargas is thriving. He also teaches parkour for after school enrichment programs, provides private training sessions, and travels nationally and internationally. His mission as a coach is to share his joyful love of movement, to nurture exploration, overcome challenges, and encourage constant self growth in himself and those around him.

Everett Glynn

TnT Head Coach / TnT Recreational Coach

I started gymnastics when I was 3-years-old. Reluctantly, I started a recreation class while my big brother trained on an artistic team. Once I felt comfortable and gave the sport a chance, gymnastics became my childhood passion. By the age of 6, I was an Artistic Gymnastic All-Star and State/Regional Champion. I began training with Jinjing Zhang, a 1996 Chinese Olympian and had the privilege of training with the finest coaches in California. For 8 years, I lived and breathed competitive gymnastics and today, I am so happy to work as a coach training young gymnasts to follow their love for this dynamic and amazing sport. Gymnastics taught me discipline, strength and perseverance. I am honored to train your young and aspiring athletes and help them obtain greatness. I currently live in town, attend Cabrillo College while finishing my last year of high school, and enjoy body building and heavyweight lifting.

Mitchell Geringer

Parkour Recreational Coach

I am 16 years old and have been training parkour for almost 4 years. Parkour has brought me an incredible joy, taught me self discipline, and has made me love movement. I have been coaching for over a year and a half now and love sharing my passion with the next generation of practitioners. I am thankful that I can help others discover their love of movement and help them discover greatness in themselves

Christina Culp

TnT Recreational Coach

I have been coaching at Vargas for almost 2 ½ years. I coach girls level one most days out of the week. While coaching I have participated in recreational classes, Pre-Team, and Team. I started gymnastics when I was 10 and started Pre-Team when I was 12. I now am on Team and have been doing it for about 1 ½ years. Outside of Vargas I like Swimming, hanging out with my friends, and going to the movies.

Jacob Vegher

TnT Recreational Jr Coach

I am 15 years old and a Sophomore at Scotts Valley High School. Before coaching I was enrolled in Parkour at Vargas for over 5 years. I have been coaching TNT and Parkour for almost a year. I am still training to improve my love for coaching. I currently reside in Scotts Valley.